Govenor Doug Ducey has ordered Arizonans to stay at home. Ducey is encouraging Arizonans to only leave their homes for essential services. What is considered essential in AZ?
Almost everything. Here's a partial list from the Governor's website:
Healthcare and Public Health Operations (obviously these are needed).
Human Services Operations. These are places like assisted living facilities. Clearly, you can't close them.
Essential Infrastructure Operations. Not only does this includes food service and distribution but it includes landscaping too. So, that's why you may still hear landscaping in your neighborhood.
Essential Governmental Functions. Are any really that essential?
Essential Businesses and Operation. This is where grocery stores, pharmacies, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores will remain open. Outdoor recreation areas like hiking trails will also be kept open. Golf will be too.
Organizations that provide charitable and social services.
Media: Newspapers, television, radio and other media services. Yes, 550 KFYI will still be on.
Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation.
Hardware and supply stores.
Critical trades: Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocations services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities and essential businesses and operations.
Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up service
Educational institutions. This even though schools are closed in Arizona for the rest of the school year.
Restaurants for consumption off-premises
Supplies to work from home
Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations. Firearms stores are included here.
Residential facilities and shelters
Day care centers
Professional and personal services, think lawyers and accountants.
Manufacture, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries
Home-based care and services
Hotels and motels